Posted by Bess on 16:44:18 7/23/2014 from 22.214.171.124:
First, your page has been so helpful. Thank you so much for the information.
Our situation, like so many others, is unique. We had a squirrel issue last fall (trapped and removed two) in our attic. They came in through the screening by our inoperable attic fan which my husband intended to fix this Spring. However, my husband procrastinated on fixing the hole, no doubt because we weren't having any more squirrel issues. Until...
July 13 I noticed a squirrel on the roof and told him. After cussing at himself for not sealing the entrance when he should of he geared up, went into the attic, made sure it was clear of Rocky and closed up the hole.
But about five days later (July 18), Rocky was in our basement. He, evidently, was still in the attic when my husband closed up the hole and made its way into the basement through the walls. (I wondered why the cats were going through so much food :) )
We tried to coex it through the back door but to no avail. It got scared and of course ran into the wall by the washer/dryer. So we put a live trap (with peanuts, peanut butter, cat food) down and closed off the basement (taking the catfood with us).
The trap sits, untouched. It's now July 23 and we haven't heard Rocky since probably July 20. We are assuming Rocky either got out or is dying in our walls somewhere. We have yet to smell anything and have an 80 GSD who hangs out on the main floor (with the only water dish in the house) so I doubt its been able to get any sort of water.
Obviously I see where our mistake was (closing up the hole without first trying to trap Rocky, confirming his whereabouts) but what the heck do we do now? How can we be sure he's gone? How long does it take for a dead squirrel to start smelling? Not sure what to do at this point.
The trap has been set for approximately five days.
Any info you could provide would be most helpful!
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Here's a link to more squirrel removal information and pictures from Rid-A-Critter, an Atlanta animal control company.
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